This blog is about teaching your German Wirehaired Pointer jumping for agility. We are often asked, “What number of jumps is best to begin with?” You can never have enough single jumps to teach agility. A good starting place is four jumps. This is the minimum number of jumps suggested.
Teaching the German Wirehaired Pointer to jump: Begin with 4
You can teach your German Wirehaired Pointer a plethora of exercises, drills, and skills with four jumps. 4 jumps will let you work on a short jump chute or jump grid. You can position a “box” with your jumps and practice collection, handling, and 270 degree jumps. You can teach your German Wirehaired Pointer jumping left and right. You can be outside the box and send your German Wirehaired Pointer or you can handle from within the box. Your jumps can be staged in a lateral row, so you can practice threadles and serpentines.
Teach the German Wirehaired Pointer Eight Jumps
Take the next logical step and get eight jumps. Now you can position 2 boxes with 1 introductory jump. Now you’ve increased the number of drills that you can work on with your German Wirehaired Pointer. Your jump grids can be of typical size and quantity of jumps. You could also setup the jumps in a circle with the jump bars perpendicular to the circle or on the perimeter of the circle. This setup also allows you to work on a variety of skills.
Teaching Your German Wirehaired Pointer Double and Triple Jumps
The next level is a double jump and a triple jump. You can set 2 or 3 solo jumps together to make your expanded jump, however having double and triple jumps in your course work is especially beneficial to work on. We’ve seen several German Wirehaired Pointers run a clean course and the final obstacle is a triple and the German Wirehaired Pointer is not ready to do it, and bang, down comes the bar.Don’t forget to check out these other articles about German Wirehaired Pointers.
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